Ashley Freiberg Makes
Strong First Impression in IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Debut
Freiberg Scores Two Top Five Finishes at Sebring
Bondville, Vermont; March 17, 2013- EFFORT Racing driver Ashley Freiberg competed in her first IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama race last week at the 61st Annual Twelve Hours of Sebring event at Sebring International Raceway. Competing in a fierce field of 39 cars, Freiberg finished an impressive 4th place in Thursday’s race, and came home in 5th on Friday.
Right from the beginning of the weekend, Freiberg turned heads as she finished the first official practice leading the field with the quickest time of the session. “I work very hard off track so that when I get behind the wheel, I am well prepared and able to work on fine-tuning details that will help me gain those last few tenths of a second.”
In Thursday’s qualifying session, Freiberg was 5th quickest until the last few minutes when another driver snuck ahead to put her 6th on the starting grid for race one. A few hours later, the green flag waved for race one and the field battled into turn one. “I knew from the start that I had to conserve my tires a bit as they were the same ones used from qualifying, which ended up benefiting me as I started to get faster at the end of the race while everyone else was falling off pace.” With twelve minutes to go and Freiberg in 4th place, a caution came out and ended the race. “I was extremely disappointed as I knew I my car had a podium in it, but I just didn’t have the time!”
Freiberg started race two in 4th, but two lengthy caution periods due to other competitors’ crashes limited the green laps to only five. Freiberg found herself wishing for more green laps as EFFORT Racing had made changes to her car over-night to make it strong in a long run. “Based on race one we had made some changes so that my car would be really strong as the race went on, but even though the car was getting quicker each lap, the lack of green laps held us back from the podium we where aiming for. All in all, I know that I have learned a bunch about racing these cars and added to my ‘toolbox’ of skills this weekend to take into the next round at Laguna.”
Rounds three and four of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama are at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca May 9-11 during the American Le Mans Monterey event. To keep up with the action, please visit www.IMSAChallenge.com live timing and scoring.